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Isabelle Reilly, 86, Volunteer of Norwalk

NORWALK, Conn. – Isabelle C. Reilly, 86, died at her home in Norwalk on April 13 surrounded by family.

She was born in New York City on July 31, 1925, attended the Ursuline School and graduated from the College of New Rochelle in 1947. Following the death of her husband, Eugene L. Reilly III, she assumed his position as president of the Gene Reilly Group, a market research firm headquartered in Darien.

After retirement, Reilly was a full-time volunteer at AmeriCares in New Canaan. She believed strongly in hands-on volunteering. She traveled many times to Appalachia, and with AmeriCares to Haiti and Albania on charitable missions.

She served as the first president of the Winifred Arms Society of Amherst College, a liaison between the college and widows of alumni. She was also a founding board member of the Bank of Darien and served on the board of trustees at Canterbury School in New Milford.

A 55-year resident of Norwalk, Reilly enjoyed basketball in her youth, was an avid paddle tennis player in her later years and was an accomplished artist. But her focus was on raising her large and loving family.

She is survived by her children, Kathleen Reilly and her husband, Dr. Rainer Maas, of Rowayton, Kevin Reilly and his wife, Nancy, of Charlottesville, Va., Megan Reilly and her husband, Joel Perez, of Norwalk, Sheila Reilly and her partner, Peter Cosel, of Jamestown, R.I., Carey Reilly and her husband, John Jessep, of Redding, Eugene Reilly and his wife, Melissa, of Washington Crossing, Pa., and Ellen Reilly of New York City; 11 grandchildren and a great-grandson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Camp AmeriKids , a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide an enriching summer camp experience for children living with the challenges of HIV/AIDS and sickle cell disease.

The wake will be held at the family home from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. A Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Norwalk.

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